Tower wins 2008 order for thousands of wafers per month
September 20, 2007 //
Struggling foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has won an order from an unnamed U.S. integrated device manufacturer (IDM) for thousands of wafers of 130-nm chips worth millions of dollars per month.
LONDON Struggling foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has won an order from an unnamed U.S. integrated device manufacturer (IDM) for thousands of wafers of 130-nm chips worth millions of dollars per month.
Under the deal, manufacturing process technology is set to be transferred to Fab2 during the coming several quarters after which Tower expects to manufacture between five and eight thousand wafers-per-month, utilizing the new tools it is purchasing from companies such as Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp.
High-volume production shipments are expected to commence towards the end of 2008 at which point Tower said the U.S. IDM would likely become one of Tower's top three customers.
Tower did not name the customer. One report in Israel said the customer is Motorola Inc. although Motorola is not an IDM. This could be explained if Motorola, a manufacturer of mobile phones, is the IDM's customer. Motorola used to manufacture ICs but spun-off its chip division to form Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas).
"We are pleased, and feel it quite an achievement, that an IDM of this size, capability and reputation chose Tower to be its foundry partner for a critical and projected very large volume family of products," said Tower's CEO, Russell Ellwanger, in a statement. "We are excited that this product line will utilize our expanded manufacturing capacity in the advanced 0.13-micron technology. We are in advanced stages of closing the deals to acquire the additional tools needed to increase our capacity in Fab2 to a level that will meet this demand."
Structural electronics - the next big thing in smart cars?
September 18, 2014
Electronic circuits embedded in vehicles, aircraft and more have the potential to be a $60 billion market by 2025, says technology ...
Elastomeric camouflage switches texture and colour
Solar microinverter to break USD1bn barrier in 2018
7nm EUV could ease 10nm squeeze, says ASML
Europeans flex skills to commercialize OLED and OPV devices
Freescale opens Discovery Lab in Toulouse to foster innovation
September 17, 2014
Shortly after the company celebrated the first year of existence of its Austin-based Freescale Discovery Lab, an incubator ...
Can a large-area flexible OLED have reliable contacts?
Lemoptix pico-projector excels
Building ARM-based Bluetooth-enabled wearables
- Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems Handbook
- Flexible and Low Power Driving of Solenoid Coils
- How to Protect & Monetize Android Apps
- Power Modules: The New Super Power
InterviewCEO interview: AMS' Laney on driving a sensor-driven business
Kirk Laney, CEO of Austrian mixed-signal chip and sensor company AMS, wants to leverage the opportunity that technology affords to create new markets for sensors and sensor interfaces.
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Trinamic Motion Control is offering you to win one of four TMCM-1043 development kits for its highly integrated, NEMA 17-compatible TMCM-1043 stepDancer stepper motor module.
Offering designers an easy-to-use PC-based GUI that allows one-click modification of motor drive current, micro-stepping and other key parameters, the intuitive kits are custom designed and developed for...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.